08-05-2008, 08:17 AM
My 9 month old has just started steeping through the night, I tried everything nothing worked except crying it out. Now I have 2 problems 1) he was sick just this past week and he is out of his sleep pattern, not sure what to do? 2) know that he can pull him self up he stands up and cries, it was much easier to let him cry when he couldn't stand. Not sure how to handle this with him being sick should I get him back into his routine asap or wait?
08-05-2008, 01:32 PM
This happens to my DD every time she gets sick. For about 10 months, that happened to be every other week, it got exhausting. Once she hit 13mo, she pretty much stayed healthy (knock on wood).
Every time she gets sick and it causes her to be up at night, we have to 'retrain her' into a good sleep pattern again. I tend to give her all the attention she needs while she's sick (running fever, vomitting, or whatever) which is usually a night or two of long hours. Once I know she's feeling better, I go back through our version of the CIO method; what we found to work for her. You'll probably have to help him get back into regularly sleeping through the night but it shouldn't take too long to get him used to it again. Babies form habits very quickly; they are creatures of habit and routines are something they find comfort/security in. That is a good thing, unless that habit is waking up at night for some mama time. :)
I did try to mitigate the effects as much as possible by still never taking her out of her room while sick. There have been a handful of times that she was extremely ill with very high fevers, not eating / vomitting, etc which had us sleeping downstairs in the recliner. For those milder sickies, we stuck it out in her room with no lights, no playing, just mama soothing.
DD adjusted to her ability to stand after a few weeks. For the times that it caused her to wake and cry because she didn't quite get how to lay back down (they have to LEARN everything) I would just go in, lay her down, give her back her paci, cover her and back out the room I went even if she was screaming. I think that little phase lasted a few nights but she finally got the hang of it.
I know a few nights can feel like FOREVER, but if you can stick them out and stand your ground you'll gain months and months of good sleeping habits soon enough. My DD is 22 mo and rarely rarely ever wakes up. Between 6mo and 12mo, she had regular 'phases' that we had to help her through.
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